Nowadays, it seems like everybody's on Twitter. Celebrities have Twitter accounts, politicians have Twitter accounts, even my mom has a Twitter account. So it should come as no surprise that a handful of Phillies' players, both at the major league level and 'down on the farm' are active tweeters. Twitter is a great tool for a player to become more relatable to fans, publicize himself and interact with anyone and everyone on the web. (speaking of Twitter, follow me @Sheehan99)
The best tweeters are those who follow a few criteria:
- Tweet often
- Talk to / tweet with fans
- Tweet funny and interesting things
- Give the everyday fan a look inside the life of a professional ballplayer
So without further ado, here are the top 5 best Tweeters in the Phillies' organization
Number of Tweets: 1,855
Kicking off our list is the goofy, power hitting, "let's go eat"ing man-child outfielder known by fans as outfielder Hunter Pence. He tweets fairly often, and he'll reply to a decent amount of followers that try to talk to him. He doesn't tweet daily, but his sheer number of tweets and kind nature land him a spot on this list.
Number of tweets: 2,291
Another goofy outfielder, Shane Victorino, earns a spot on this list because of his kindness on Twitter. If you tweet him anything: a compliment, a question, whatever, chances are he'll tweet you back if he's online. Like many of us, though, he isn't on Twitter all the time: he'll have periods when he won't tweet for a day or two, then come back and tweet 10-20 times in an hour.
Number of Tweets (between two accounts): 2,618
Not only is he the Phillies' top prospect, he's also a active twitter user AND professional DJ (his mixes can be heard here on his soundcloud page). What makes Trevor such a great Twitter-er is that he gives the inside look at the life of a minor leaguer. Since he only has 1,646 followers, he is so much more likely to strike up a full conversation with the common fan. Not only that, he has daily conversations with other top prospects, like Tyson Gillies and Jiwan James. His conversations with them gives the fan an "in the clubhouse" sort of feel, which is pretty cool.
Number of Tweets: 9,114
Here's another guy that makes the list because of his huge number of tweets combined with his fan friendliness. He does have over 100,000 followers, so he gets tweeted at very often, and doesn't respond with great frequency. But, when he is online (you can tell because he'll tweet something new), he'll respond back to at least 10 tweets coming his way at a time. On Eagles GameDays (at least early on in the season when the Eagles were worth watching), he would tweet his prediction for the game as well as respond to most other people's predictions that were sent to him.
Number of Tweets: 10,291
Standing as the only Phillie to have over 10,000 tweets (at the time this list was made), minor league outfielder and Top 10 prospect Jiwan James tweets constantly. The combination of tweet frequency, fan-friendliness and tweeting what is pretty much a daily journal of events makes James a great person to follow. He mostly tweets just with other prospects and friends (Tyson Gillies and Blue Jays prospect Justin Jackson are commonly talked to/about), but will occasionally talk to a fan that sends a tweet his way. His running commentary on offseason training and constant joking around with friends makes his Twitter account a lot like if HBO's 24/7 series was on the internet and about minor league baseball players.